Mimaki has used its Global Innovation Days event to unveil the 330 Series of wide-format inkjet printers and a new range of CG-AR cutting plotters. All the new machines will be available in the UK and Ireland via Hybrid Services.

The printers, developed for signage, graphics and textile printers, build on the foundations laid by the company’s 100 and 300 Plus Series and have been designed to fit in with Mimaki’s strategy of providing a ‘high-end yet cost effective printing solution across several sectors.’

The company says that the three printers in the series, the JV330-160, CJV330-160 and TS330-1600, have been developed to offer mid- to high-end printing models, focusing on high image quality and productivity. It added that they also align with its objective of growing both its high-end and entry-level product range, encouraging and supporting customers to expand and develop their own offerings.

The TS330-1600 is a dye sublimation transfer inkjet printer developed for the textile industry. It offers printing speeds of up to 69sqm/hr in draft mode, rising to 135sqm/hr at its fastest setting, and its optional add-ons include a 10kg ink tank supply unit and a mini jumbo roll unit that can also be added to load large rolls of transfer paper, reducing running costs. An improved take-up system featuring dual motors equipped on both sides of the printer distributes the load and strengthens the winding power, allowing stable winding of printed paper even for long runs. TxLink4, Mimaki’s RIP software dedicated to the textile market is included with every TS330-1600.

The other two members of the new series are the JV330-160 and CJV330-160, eco-solvent inkjet printers aimed at the signage and graphics market. Mimaki says they are intended to deliver ‘the high-standard of colour required for indoor and outdoor sign graphics’ using the new ‘Deep Colour Natural’ input profile, thereby offering ‘eye-catching and vivid solid colours, natural skin tones as well as deep reds and neutral greys.’

Both models feature a newly designed unwinding system that allows three rolls of media to be loaded simultaneously, one operator can then bring the desired media into position simply by turning the media changer. Another standard feature on both models is an ‘XY slitter’, a cutting technology, that provides in-line X-axis and Y-axis sheet-fed cutting. 

All products in the series are fitted with ‘Mimaki Weaving Dot Technology’ (MWDT),  meaning that ink drop placement can be altered depending on the printing conditions. ‘Mimaki Remote Access’ (MRA) is also available across the series, allowing users to remotely access the machine and check the printer’s status.

Arjen Evertse, Mimaki’s general manager sales for the EMEA region, commented on the new technology. ‘Following the positive reception of the 100 Series among our customer base, we saw, from sign graphics to textiles, that there is a significant market demand for more cost-effective, mid- to high-end technologies. This is the drive behind our newest cross-platform technology, the 330 Series. Adhering to our strategy of enhancing production efficiencies and streamlining workflows, the new capabilities of this series cater to customers across various sectors, who are looking to improve on quality and delivery time. We look forward to demonstrating these products to customers and prospects alike at Fespa 2022 in Berlin.’

Finally, the CG-AR Series is available in three different sizes (CG-60AR, CG-100AR and CG-130AR), with Mimaki saying they go ‘above and beyond currently available entry-level options.’ With customers demanding shorter delivery times, the new models have been developed to offer increased speed and accuracy, all with user-friendly operability. In addition, the cutters have the ability to handle a diverse range of materials, such as PVC, fluorescent and reflective sheets.